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2023 Tour de Cure: Florida

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Goal: $7,500.00

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2023 Tour de Cure: Florida

Team Violet


Our team is making a difference. You can too!  

If you want to know why we ride, please take the time to read this 1st hand account of what life is like with D1 for Violet and her family:

When asked how diabetes is going we usually just give your standard “fine” because it’s hard to imagine it until you live it.  Our doctors ask how many times a day we check blood sugars, and while Violet doesn’t know it, I’m watching her dexcom nearly 24/7. If I had to guess, I’d say I look at her blood sugar well over 50 times a day. Recently, our doctor looked at our pump data and saw we are dosing 10-14 times a day on top of the continuous insulin she’s getting. But the constant watching of blood sugar and dosing is only the tip of the iceberg.

Because we homeschool, I see first hand the cognitive effects of her blood sugars and if the long term physical effects of poorly managed diabetes weren’t enough of an incentive to manage her blood sugar levels the best we can, it’s become that much more important to do our best for her because we’ve seen that around 180 she starts to get frustrated and easily irritable. About 220, she starts to get downright confused, especially trying to learn something new. 250+ we might as well stop before she becomes too upset and thinks something is wrong with her for not understanding. On the opposite end, we’ve experienced very scary lows from very typical childhood activities. I’ve never been so scared as the time I let Violet jump on a trampoline after dosing for lunch. It ended with her unable to sit up without me holding her and her three year old twin sisters having to bring me knives to cut open icing tubes as quickly as I could to try to get her to swallow something. I was seconds away from calling an ambulance when some sugar finally started to hit. And maybe if these were once in a while occurrences diabetes wouldn’t feel so daunting. But diabetes never takes a break- for us that means many many MANY late nights -some times all nighters- trying to chase highs or make sure the lows are corrected before dozing off. It means having to leave in the middle of opening presents with grandparents on Christmas because the pump malfunctioned and her blood sugars are 350+, having to stop playing in the waves at the beach because her pump failed and instead of doing typical kid things on the beach getting painful shots. Having to pull over on the highway to prick her finger when her dexcom fails. Having to miss her sisters presentations in our co-op because she is having a blood sugar issue that needs my help.
Hearing her sweet little friend say “I liked it better before you had diabetes” and trying not to cry while explaining we all did.

We try to encourage Violet to be a kid as much as we can, even if that means behind the scenes stress for us, her parents. Birthday parties, holiday gatherings, trick or treating- everything revolves around food. Any activity, as big as jumping on a trampoline or as small as taking a shower- and the timing of it in relation to the last dose of insulin affect everything and has to be well planned out. We walk a fine line of doing what’s best for her health while always remembering she is a child and will be dealing with this for life so we don’t want her to hate diabetes and later rebel against it.

So basically, it has affected literally every facet of our lives, but we have to continue on in our normal routines and responsibilities as if we’re not worn out and worried all the time.  Our team is supporting the American Diabetes Association because we want to make a difference. We want to lead. We want to inspire. We want to empower. We want a cure!

We are teaming up now to change the future and make a positive impact in the lives of those who are affected by diabetes.

We’re committed to ride and fundraise together through this inspirational event to not only support the over 37.3 million people in the United States with diabetes, but to champion and honor those we know personally who are impacted.

For over 30 years, Tour de Cure has made an impact on the lives of millions. We want you to join us as we celebrate and ride (we have routes for every fitness level or you can ride virtually)! If you can't join our team, support us with a donation!

When we bring together dedicated team members and generous donors, our power as a group far outweighs what any of us could do alone.

We are determined to reach our team goal, one person at a time. Let's make a difference together!


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Tour de Cure is the premier fundraising campaign of the American Diabetes Association ®, now with virtual engagement designed for anyone and everyone to participate. The campaign has been expanded to include more members of our community and bring them together to learn about diabetes, healthy living and to support people living with diabetes. Tour de Cure is a unique opportunity for businesses, clubs, friends and families to form virtual teams with the vision of a life free of diabetes and all its burdens.

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